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Fact Checking & Evaluating Media Sources: FACT CHECKING

Fact Checking

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter

The CRAAP Test

The CRAAP Test: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose
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Fact Checking Websites

American Press Institute: Fact-Checking Resources: A Guide to Finding Reliable Answers to Timely Questions: Topics include immigration, health care, economy, campaigns & voting records, crime, public health, climate change and more.

The Center for Public Integrity: News about ethics, campaign donations, lobbying and influence in government and reports on the special interests that are funding elections and influencing government policy.

Duke Reporters' LAB: Locate fact-checking sites around the world. Aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Political literacy companion site to Provides resources to help recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular.

Hoaxy: Visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

Pew Research Center: Nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.

PolitiFact: Fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

SciCheck:’s SciCheck feature focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.

Snopes: Researches urban legends. Also embraces common fallacies, misinformation, old wives’ tales, strange news stories, rumors, celebrity gossip, and similar items.

Vote Smart: Provides free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans.

The Washington Post Fact Checker: Focuses on statements by political figures and government officials in the United States and abroad.